The Night Cap

By Evan Tomes (

The final game of Flyin’ to the Hoop had two double-double machines squaring off with 2019 big men Charles Bassey and Isaiah Stewart. Both provide good size and athleticism, Bassey recorded 17 points and nine rebounds coming out on the losing end, while Stewart finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Bassey put up three quick threes in the first half but was effective when scoring close to the basket. Stewart has a rare combination of great strength but light on his feet allowing him to maneuver his way to the basket, displaying touch within close. While Bassey’s considered the better prospect, Stewart showed he’s a five-star talent and can compete against the nation’s best, leading La Lumiere over Aspire Academy 70-67.

Isaiah Stewart (La Lumiere) was selected 1st Team All-Tournament, photo via Flyin' to the Hoop

Hubbard Steals the Show

One of three Hubbard dunks from Sunday, Photo via @Burg_Bball on Twitter

By T.J. Peatross (NEO Spotlight)

Sunday morning's game taught me one thing: it is still very possible for a player to fly under-the-radar in the social media era. Between Twitter, Youtube, Snapchat, and Facebook, everything is brought to life and shared within this subculture of high school hoops. Everything besides Jason Hubbard.

The 6'5 hybrid forward out of Miamisburg was a unknown to NEO Spotlight entering the weekend but Hubbard ended up being a standout, joining Pickerington North's Jerome Hunter as the only two Ohio natives to make the All-Tournament team. 

Hubbard, a Taylor University (NAIA) signee, had himself a game versus Mountain Mission. Despite being on the floor with three mid-major/high major Division One recruits, Hubbard finished with a game-high 32 points to go along with 9 rebounds. 

His length coupled with some big-time flashes of athleticism give the senior some upside moving forward as his best basketball will be played down the road. 

Burnett Paces Prolific Prep

By Braeden Proctor (Prep Hoops)

Nimari Burnett was excellent in games against IMG Academy and Garfield Heights. The 6’3 2020 combo guard out of Prolific Prep was selected to the Flyin to the Hoop all-tournament team, highlighting just how good his performances were.

Burnett has a silky smooth jump shot, is physically mature for his grade, and has a great feel for the game. What stands out about Burnett is his ability to score almost effortlessly at all three levels. He tallied a combined 38 points and 8 assists against IMG and Garfield Heights on 10/21 shooting.

He is not an elite athlete, but he is a good enough one that he can easily finish plays off with dunks if given the space. Nimari’s ability to slot in at either of the guard spots makes him a very versatile player. In an era that prefers position-less basketball, having that versatility should make him a valued commodity at the college level. A native of Chicago, his most notable offers are Illinois and DePaul but that will change in the near future for the Top 75 recruit.

Ahrens Leads Verailles

By T.J. Peatross (NEO Spotlight)

While Sunday's matchup versus Sidney certainly wasn't his best offensive showing, 6'6 wing forward Justin Ahrens still managed to score a game-high 26 points and pull down 11 rebounds en route to a 65-50 victory over a local favorite. 

The future Ohio State Buckeye flourished in transition and was able to maneuver his way through defenders for a series of open floor buckets. Despite an off-night, I walked away impressed with Ahrens' feel and decision making as a halfcourt playmaker.

Van Horn Emerges at FTTH

By Braeden Proctor (Prep Hoops)

Going into this event, the game between St. Vincent St. Mary’s and Fairland was one of the least talked about matchups of the event. However, I came out of that game absolutely loving Kollin Van Horn's play, and he could be one of the top non D1 prospects that I watched on Saturday and Sunday.

Van Horn is all of 6’7 and is pretty well built. Van Horn showed off a lot of skill and a fairly polished low post game. On numerous occasions, he was able to step out and show off a nice looking jump shot, shooting 2/3 from deep. 

Van Horn had several possessions where he got good position inside, and his teammates frequently fed him and got him good looks. He utilized solid footwork, and shot fakes to get what he wanted down low. He went up strong and finished through contact several times as well. As skilled and as strong as he is, I imagine it is only a matter of time until he starts garnering some interest from programs at the scholarship level.

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